Berkeley online dating research
The other most-often-mentioned digital networked communications methods included in the survey-takers answers were email, voice over IP (Skype is one example that was used), and text-messaging.
Respondents’ thoughts Survey participants were encouraged to explain their choice after they selected one of the tension-pair scenarios.
I am able to communicate and ‘experience’ so much more with so many more than I could even two years ago. But never before has a person had more opportunity for social integration.
I don’t like all aspects of the social net, but the reach is so much better. More than ever, being inside or outside now is a matter of personal choice.” —Eric James, president of the James Preservation Trust and publisher of Stray Leaves, author and lecturer “I met my wife online, reconnected with my old school friends online, stay in touch with my family overseas online, and have a wide circle of close online friends.
Still, quite a few people took advantage of the opportunity to provide written elaborations in which they pointed out many negatives, and they shared other incisive observations.
At a minimum, it is an opportunity for complex dialogue with no opportunity for physical violence. But it has allowed new frontiers to be explored in interpersonal ‘relationships’ (I have watched marriages flourish and grow because of the information the net has given.
—Joshua Fouts, leader of Dancing Ink, digital diplomacy expert, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and founding editor of Online Journalism Review “As my adult children tell me, you never lose touch with anyone anymore.” —Deborah Pederson, chief Learn & Earn Online Officer, North Carolina Virtual Public School “Humans are hardwired to connect and relate on a personal level. Technology and internet use will support people’s interpersonal and social goals because social needs dominate all others.” —Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, instructor of media psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles Extension “As I have been finding for years, internet connectivity maintains, expands, and enhances friendships: both strong and weaker.” —Barry Wellman, professor of sociology and Netlab Director, University of Toronto; author of research reports on online relationships “The internet has allowed for the growth of human connection, an enhanced psychological intimacy of net friends, that has led to strong and interesting relationships that form in months instead of years. I have watched marriages crumble because of information the net has given.
It has allowed for the opening of dialog, discussion, and forums unlike anything since Greek times. I expect that which does not kill us will make us stronger and better.) The internet and World Wide Web have allowed communities to come together on politics and issues in ways that would never have happened before.
It has allowed an individual to find others with the same likes, dislikes, and affinities (good and bad), to add organization where there was chaos, allowed individuals to face who they are and develop that person. It has allowed the sharing of group knowledge and consensus in real time.